23 December 2008

Will the data retention directive be fully implemented across Europe?


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Yesterday I had an interesting discussion on an, to some extent, older issue – the data retention directive – with some friends of mine.

The compelling event of the discussion was the Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court’s decision to repeal some provisions in a regulation transposing the Data Retention Directive 2006/24/EC into Bulgarian national law. Appearantly, the decision was dictated by the lack of judicial revision as the acts determined in aforementioned regulation were to be undertaken solely by the administration of the Ministry of Interior.

The Directive itself has recently been the subject of a higher level revision.
Advocate General Yves Bot appears to share the Irish deliberations as to whether the Directive was adopted on an appropriate legal basis .

In any case we may remain curious what the future will bring as data retention in its current shape deeply affects our individuals’ right of privacy.

12 December 2008

Virtual theft – real punishment?


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Virtual theft and virtual fraud appear to be widely spread among the online and gaming community.
Authorities in the Nethderlands and in the USA have thus undertaken proceedings against wrongdoers.

What is the moral of the story?
Owing to the lower threshold required, one is likelier to conduct an offense online. But beware of what you do, because you can get an offline punishment!

11 December 2008

Is narrow band internet still alive?


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I just read this communication of the European Commission and was amazed to find out that narrow band internet is still used in the enterprise sector within the EU.

So, telecommunications infrastructure companies – look up and listen up! You may have your chance in Romania, Lithuania and Poland.

10 December 2008

е-Government and e-Participation in Europe


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According to this report the EU is investing heavily in e-government to help boost growth while delivering on the benefits of the information society, including greater cross-border collaboration, less fragmented research effort, and access to ICT anywhere, any time and by any one.

Well, I hope they do their best as I still miss useful applications that could fulfil the objectives hereinabove.

So I entered the blogosphere…


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Hi everybody out there,

finally I decided to create my own blog and to use it in order to share usefull information in the course of my interests. The most of the information to be made available hereon will to some extent, but without limitations -), have a legal background.

For those wondering about this blog’s name: it is a quotation from Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch” – a film I strongly recommend.

So, let’s get it started with my promise to provide you with some interesting perceptions from the matters I deal with daily.

Cheers!